I have just posted the nineteenth review of other authors’ work on my site, Amazon and other locations. Following the recent reading (and posting a review) for M.A. Appleby’s THE ANCIENT WHISPERER, the first of her A WHISPER MYSTERY TRILOGY, I had to read the sequel. The following is the review as I have posted it for WHISPERED DREAMS:
A WONDERFUL SEQUEL:
Following the reading of Ms. Appleby’s exceptional first book of her A WHISPER MYSTERY TRIOLOGY, I continued to be captured by Book Two, WHISPERED DREAMS. The world of suspense the author has created, coupled with a plot of intrigue and characters of which the reader will love (or for the villains… detest), reminds the reader of why they read fiction. At least it did for me. The twists are numerous yet believable as the reader experiences a family coping with issues requiring cunning and faith in one another. The family is faced with questions concerning who to trust as they become embroidered with a plot to overthrow the royalty of a mid-eastern government. Of course, as a trilogy, this novel provides a cliff hanger. It will have the reader clamoring for the third book. I highly recommend WHISPERED DREAMS, but I also recommend reading the first book in the trilogy first, THE ANCIENT WHISPER.
As an author of fiction I am also a reader. Of works I believe are excellent or exceptional, I provide a review following my read. The following review is for The Ancient Whisper by M.A. Appleby, a mystery of 494 pages. ISBN: 978-0996197366. This novel definitely rates five stars.
AN EXCEPTIONAL MYSTERY WELL WORTH READING:
I was immediately captured by the first chapter of THE ANCIENT WHISPER, and this mystery did not release me until I completed reading the Epilogue. The author, M.A. Appleby, skillfully portrays a mother fighting to overcome a life turned upside down by world politics, criminals and a Federal bureaucracy. Rather than accepting defeat from the hand she is dealt, this lady responds with cunning as she wages her war with Middle East royalty, Homeland Security, those who identify themselves as FBI agents and an organization of criminals. She is allowed little time to savor the victory of each battle she wins due to additional complications that keep invading her life.
As an author of fiction my-self, my standard for an exceptionally written novel requires each of the following to be present: The characters developed must make me empathetic with them, and the antagonists have to be believable. The plot has to be interesting, lacking holes and provide ample surprises. The author needs to show me the story rather than telling it to me. As a reader I need to feel the emotions of the characters; what they see, feel, hear, taste and smell are all very important. Ms. Appleby has surpassed my expectations, and this mystery is definitely a novel I classify as exceptional. It is also a very enjoyable read.